Spanish and Portuguese

The department of Spanish & Portuguese at the University of Arizona offers students a comprehensive liberal arts education and provides them with a body of knowledge and the analytical skills necessary to undertake linguistics, cultural and literary investigations.

The University of Arizona boasts one of the largest Spanish & Portuguese departments in the country. As one of the first UA departments to develop a heritage learners program, the Spanish and Portuguese Department offers a stimulating environment where students can grow and learn. Study programs allow students the opportunity to perfect their language skills so that they are able to communicate their views effectively in the written and spoken language.

Study Abroad 

Beyond the classroom, the department offers more study abroad options than any other unit at the UA, with programs in Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, and Spain. The programs offer real-world settings for language skills practice and cultural awareness development.

Career Opportunities 

The department is dedicated to educating students about career opportunities after graduating and hold regular seminars on this topic. Graduates are employable in virtually every industry, including: government, tourism, business, education, law, and more. Graduates are also successful in being accepted to advanced-degree programs.

Degree Options 

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
    • Hispanic Literature; Language and Linguistics; Portuguese; or Translation and Interpretation
  • Minor
    • Spanish or Portuguese
  • Master of Arts (M.A.)
    • Hispanic Literature or Linguistics
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
    • Hispanic Literature or Linguistics